David Babaii is a celebrity hairstylist who collaborated with actress Kate Hudson to create the David Babaii For WildAid Haircare line. In this interview, David talks about his greatest opportunity meeting Angelina Jolie, his deep passion for animals, what makes the David Babaii For WildAid haircare products stand out, and how he finds the world as his inspiration.

When did your interest in hair design begin?
My mom Hilda is a legendary hairdresser. I grew up in the beauty industry and always loved going to the salon with my mom. As a child, I would sit for hours watching her do hair and loving every minute.

What have been some of your biggest breaks of your career?
My greatest opportunity was meeting Angelina Jolie and having the privilege to work with her. She is such an amazing person who truly cares about people and the world. The rest of my other clients such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Gwyenth Paltrow, Jessical Biel to name a few came to me because they heard about me from other clients. This has been such an honor they have all bestowed upon me.

How was the concept for developing your own professional hair care product line born?
My mother always surrounded my sister and me with animals. As babies, she would often place our pets in our cribs. She stressed the importance of respecting their lives and providing great care and love for animals. This family passion soon transformed into my cause. Through research and my friendships with Angelina Jolie and Eric Steinhauser I learned about WildAid and their devotion to preserving wildlife and stopping illegal wildlife trade. Eric is one of our original partners who introduced us to WildAid while Angelina was a vital force in the lines concept.

Interpol estimates the illegal wildlife trade to be worth US $10-20 billion a year. Did you also know that globally, black rhino populations fell from over 60, 000 in 1970 to 2, 500 in 1990 as poachers targeted their horns for profits abroad? These are devastating numbers and I needed to change this.

“My greatest opportunity was meeting Angelina Jolie and having the privilege to work with her. She is such an amazing person who truly cares about people and the world. .”

What is the David Babaii for WildAid product philosophy?
Styling hair with a conscious…It is Beautiful to be good

I created products which are great for you and in turn do something great for our planet’s endangered wildlife. We were inspired by the remarkable beauty in nature and utilize exotic and wild ingredients. My products DO NOT INCLUDE: Sulfates, Parabens, Petrochemicals or animal products and most important of all are cruelty free.

How did your collaboration with Kate Hudson come about?
This came about during the past 6 ½ years of my friendship with Kate, we often spoke about doing a product line. My passion has always been for animals so we joined these dreams to create David Babaii for WildAid.

We were approached by several big companies, but we wanted to create change on our own. Kate and I were determined to make a line free of Sulfates, Parabens, Petrochemicals, animal products and most importantly free from all animal testing.

Kate transformed into the perfect face and this is the perfect time.

How do you source the ingredients for your products?
I researched all these ingredients with the help of my chemists. It was vital for us to utilize replenish able resources found on our planet without disturbing nature. Everything was tested on Kate and not on animals!

A percentage of revenues from sales of David Babaii for Wildaid products is donated to the Global Wildlife Conservation Organization. What is the organanization’s mission?
WildAid uniquely focuses on raising awareness to reduce the demand for threatened and endangered species products and to increase public support for wildlife conservation. WildAid is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization headquartered in San Francisco with representation in China, India, Galapagos, London and New York. We are also revolutionary in our funding – sending 100% of online donations directly to programs. They are funded by foundations and individuals.

The celebrity list you have worked with is very impressive. What memorable moments can you share with us working with them?
If have been so fortunate to have several memorable moments. Of course when I met Kate for the first time, it was like meeting a great friend. Then I met Angelina Jolie on a photo shoot. We officially met as I was running up the stairs to do the photo shoot and ran into her! This was so embarrassing but who would have known we would become the best of friends. My other clients like Nicole Kidman, Gwyenth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Scarlet Johannson, Sarah Jessica Parker all have their own each memorable moment but they inspire me beyond words. They are great women whom I treasure and respect.

To what do you attribute your success as a celebrity hair stylist?
I feel that success is all about hard work and determination. You must always connect with each client. They are all different and require different needs and how they want to look. As a perfectionist, I always strive to create a perfect style each time. Also, I do everything to make sure my clients are happy and look amazing.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Each city, each photo shoot, each red carpet event, each celebrity client and each new location exposes you to lots of new people and places. It’s an incredible journey to meet people from all over the world and learn about their life experiences.

What city in the world is most inspirational to you?
The whole world is my inspiration. On any free time, I love to sight see and study the architecture. I find a great deal of beauty and stimulation in each building and each country.

My favorite quote: Traveling the world, does the person create the journey or does the journey create the person?

It was a pleasure to interview David you can find out all about his patnership with Kate Hudson, and amazing new product line at: www.db4wildaid.com

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